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HANDS-FREE CELLPHONES AND COGNITIVE DISTRACTION

Although drivers in Texas are able to legally use a hand-held cellphone while behind the wheel, statistics show the dangers of engaging in this deadly practice. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,450 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2016 alone. The number of people injured and killed in these types of tragedies continues to increase as people cannot put their cellphones down while driving. Some people use hands-free cellular devices as a safe alternative to hand-held cellphones. Yet, studies show that even these cellphones can lead to devastating crashes.

Auto crashes and seasonal allergies

In many parts of the U.S., seasonal allergies are right around the corner. Those who are adversely affected by pollen may dread this time of the year, and their symptoms may flare up in all sorts of ways. Unfortunately, allergies can do more than just cause a sufferer to struggle with a runny nose and itchy eyes. In fact, seasonal allergies can even increase the chances of a car crash, for multiple reasons. Whether you have allergies or another driver is struggling with this condition, it is important to be aware of these risks during the springtime.

What should you do if you see a reckless driver?

Even though you are confident in your ability to drive safely and are committed to following traffic laws and avoiding distractions while you are operating your vehicle, driving in Texas can still be dangerous if you encounter other motorists who are not as vigilant as you. Protecting yourself and your safety is primarily your responsibility, but understanding how to react around dangerous drivers is also important to potentially avoid a collision if someone else is driving recklessly. 

A third of American teenagers say they text and drive

Teen drivers across Texas and the nation already pose a threat to everyone on the roadway because they lack experience, but many of them are also engaging in dangerous behaviors behind the wheel that make them even more substantial highway hazards. The results of a new survey indicate that texting and driving is still very much a problem among teen drivers on the nation’s roads, despite the fact that the dangers of doing so are well-publicized. At the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz, we understand that distracted driving often results in catastrophic injuries and fatalities, and we have assisted many people who suffered injury or lost loved ones in distracted driving-involved car crashes.

How to spot the signs of road rage

Driving alongside other motorists may be hazardous. While you may be driving properly and following the rules of the road, other motorists may not be as careful. This puts your life and the life of others at risk as you attempt to navigate around these hazardous drivers. According to AAA, more than 80 percent of motorists admit to experiencing road rage while driving. Furthermore, aggressive driving was involved in more than 56 percent of all fatal car accidents during a five-year period, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Accident Report System. When you are able to identify the signs of an aggressive driver, you may be better able to avoid becoming involved in one of these catastrophic accidents.

When should you accept a collision insurance deal?

Your brain is one of the most important organs in your body — and it is also one of the easiest to damage in an auto collision. If you believe that you have a brain injury, or if an impact were great enough to cause one, it could be a good idea to err on the side of caution. Many traumatic brain injuries in Texas go unreported or unnoticed for the first day or two.

Do voice activated devices decrease the risk of car crashes?

You may know the dangers of driving while using your hand-held or hands-free cellphone. As a way to reduce the amount of distraction caused by using these devices, you may have tried using voice-activated technology. Car manufacturers designed this technology as a way to allow drivers to perform certain tasks, all while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel. A study released by AAA found, however, than even voice-activated technology can cause significant amounts of distraction. The levels of cognitive distraction varied across different vehicle systems, as well as the difficulty of the task being performed.

Common holiday traffic dangers to watch out for

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but it’s only the beginning of the hectic holiday traffic season. As we at the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz are aware, it’s also a dangerous time of year for drivers in Texas and elsewhere. You may want to be aware of the hazards you might face while doing your holiday shopping or driving to visit family and friends.

What dangers do you face driving through road construction?

Though it is difficult to avoid road construction when making your way across Texas by car, you may want to work harder to find alternative routes, given just how often work zones are a factor in car crashes. Furthermore, the number of car crashes where work zones are a factor is on the rise across the nation, with many construction zone crashes leading to serious injuries and fatalities.

What is a whiplash injury?

If you hurt your neck or back in a Texas car crash, particular one in which another vehicle rear-ends yours, you likely will receive a whiplash injury. As Spine-Health.com explains, a whiplash injury occurs when the crash impact causes your head and neck to jerk back and forth, thereby injuring their tissues and nerves.

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